Middle School Rules, Guidelines and Forms


Longs Peak Science and Engineering Fair (LPSEF) will hold its 48th annual fair on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. LPSEF is a regional fair affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). There will be 30-35 projects qualifying for the 2019 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) and at least one project will qualify for ISEF. 

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair offers students in grades 5 – 12 the opportunity to compete in one of the following categories in either the Junior (5th – 8th grades) or Senior (9th – 12th grades) Division. Team projects are studies conducted by two or three students in any discipline. Team projects will compete against individual projects for the same Grand Awards in each category.

Categories for these Divisions are:

  1. Animal Sciences

  2. Behavioral and Social Sciences

  3. Chemistry

  4. Earth and Space Science

  5. Energy and Transportation

  6. Engineering

  7. Environmental Sciences

  8. Mathematics & Computer Sciences

  9. Medicine and Health

  10. Microbiology

  11. Physics

  12. Plant Sciences

Projects may be either individual or team (max of 3 students on the same project)

We know paperwork can be tedious and confusing. If you are interested in a hands-on workshop to assist in completing paperwork, please contact lori.ball@unco.edu. Also, please visit the Intel ISEF Document Library or the Information page for the 2018 Student Handbook and Forms. 

All project documentation must be submitted to LPSEF prior to completion. Upon approval from LPSEF origianl forms should be placed in the student notebook in the following order: Abstract; Adult Sponsor (Form 1); ISEF Student Checklist (Form 1A); Research Plan with bibliography; Approval Form (1B); if required, From 1C, Form 2, Form 3, any other forms in number order. 

All LPSEF participants agree to the use of any photograph(s) taken with or without a name and for any lawful purpose (i.e., publicity, illustration, and web content) by the LPSEF and University of Northern Colorado.

Contact us if you have questions

STEM Competition for High School Students

Siemens Foundation, in partnership with the College Board, is sponsoring the Siemens Competition in Math, Sciene and Technology, which recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. Students or teams of students can enter to win scholarships of up to $100,000 for their work. Registration is open. Visit the College Board Website for more information. The deadline for project submission is to be determined. 

Descriptions of Categories

Animal Sciences (AnS)

Studies that relate to all aspects of animals (including insects), animal life, animal life-cycles, and animal interactions with one another or their environment.
For Example: structure, physiology, development & classification of animals; animal ecology; animal husbandry; nutrition & growth; genetics; systematics & evolution; entomology; ichthyology; ornithology; herpetology; cytology; histology; cellular physiology; etc.

Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS)

Studies that relate to the thought processes and behavior of humans and other animals in their interactions with the environment as studied through observational and experimental methods.
For Example: clinical & developmental psychology; cognitive psychology; physiological psychology; sociology; social psychology; etc.

Chemistry and Biochemistry (Ch)

Studies that relate to the chemical basis of processes occurring in living organisms, including the processes by which these substances enter into, or are formed in the organisms and react with each other and the environment.
For Example: analytical biochemistry; general biochemistry; medicinal biochemistry; structural biochemistry; etc.

Studies that relate to the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter.
For Example: analytical chemistry, computational chemistry; environmental chemistry; inorganic chemistry; materials chemistry; organic chemistry; physical chemistry; etc.

Earth and Space Sciences (EPS)

Studies related to Earth systems and their evolution.
For Example:  atmospheric science; climate science; geosciences; petrology; mineralolgy; paleontology

Studies related to anything in the universe beyond the Earth.
For Example: astronomy & cosmology; theoretical & computational astrophysics; etc.

Energy and Transportation (ET)

Studies related to biological and chemical processes of renewable energy sources, clean transport, and alternative fuels.
For Example:  alternative fuels; computational energy science; fossil fuel energy; fuel cells & battery development; microbial fuels cells; solar materials; etc.

Studies  related  to  renewable  energy  structures  and  processes  including  energy production and efficiency.
For Example: hydro power; nuclear power; solar; sustainable design; thermal power; wind; etc.

Engineering (Eng)

Studies related to electrical systems in which information is conveyed via signals and wave forms for purposes of enhancing communications, control and/or sensing.
For Example: circuits; internet of things; microcontrollers; networking & data communication; optics; sensors; signal processing; etc.

Studies related to science and engineering that involves movement or structure.  The movement can be by the apparatus or the movement can affect the apparatus.
For Example:  aerospace & aeronautical engineering; civil engineering; computational mechanics; control theory; ground vehicle systems; industrial engineering processing; mechanical engineering; naval systems; etc.

Studies related to the characteristics and uses of various materials with improvements to their design which may add to their advanced engineering performance.
For Example:  biomaterials; ceramic & glass; composite materials; computation & theory; electronic, optical & magnetic materials; nano materials; polymers; biomedical engineering; etc.

Studies related to the use of machine intelligence to reduce the reliance on human intervention.
For Example:  biomechanics; cognitive systems; robot kinematics; etc.

Environmental Sciences (Env)

Studies related to the environment and its effect on organisms/systems, including investigations of biological processes such as growth and life span.
For Example: bioremediation; land reclamation; pollution control; recycling & waste management; water resources management; etc.

Studies related to the engineering or development of processes and infrastructure to solve environmental problems in the supply of water, the disposal of waste or the control of pollution.
For Example - environmental effects on ecosystems; water science; ecology; air pollution & quality; soil contamination & quality; bioremediation; land reclamation; pollution control; recycling & waste management; water resources management; etc.

Mathematics and Computer Sciences (MC)

Studies related to the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.
For Example:  algebra; anaylsis; combinatorics, graph theory & game theory; geometry & topology; number theory; probability & statistics; etc.

Studies related to the discipline and techniques of computer science and mathematics as they relate to biological systems.
For Example: computational biomodeling;   computational evolutionary biology;   computational neuroscience; computational pharmacology; etc.

Studies related to the development of software,   information processes or methodologies to demonstrate, analyze, or control a process/solution.
For Example - algorithms; cybersecurity; databases; programming languages; operating systems; control theory; machine learning; etc.

Medicine and Health (MH)

Studies related to the issues of human health and disease.
For Example - dentistry, disease diagnosis; disease treatment; drug development & testing; epidemiology; nutrition; physiology & pathology; genomics; etc.

Microbiology and Molecular Biology (Mb)

Studies related to micro-organisms.
For Example -   antimicrobials &   antibiotics;   applied microbiology;   bacteriology;  environmental microbiology; microbial genetics; virology; etc.

Studies related to the structure, function, intracellular pathways, and formation of cells. Studies involve understanding life and cellular processes at the molecular level.
For Example – cell physiology; genetics; immunology; molecular biology; neurobiology etc.

Physics (Ph)

Studies related to the science of matter and energy and of the interactions between the two.
For Example - atomic, molecular & optical physics; biological physics; computational physics; condensed matter & materials; instrumentation; magnetics, electromagnetics & plasmas; mechanics; nuclear & particle physics; optics, lasers & masers; quantum computation; theoretical; physics; etc.

Plant Sciences (PS)

Studies  related  to  plants  and  how  they  live,  including  structure,  physiology, development and classification.
For Example - agronomy; growth & development; ecology; genetics/breeding; pathology; physiology; systematics & evolution; etc.